In a shocking turn of events, Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre has revealed that she has been diagnosed with high-grade cancer that has metastasised, reports the Times of India.
The actress on Wednesday, took to Instagram account and shared the tragic news with fans. However, despite the alarming diagnosis, the actress has shown immense courage in expressing herself boldly and also thanked her family and friends for rallying around her and being her support system in the trying times, reports TOI. Bendre also described the diagnosis as ‘unexpected’ and said she ‘didn’t see it coming.’
Sonali also revealed that she is currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York for the same.
She signed off by writing, ‘I am taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me’.
According to Hindustan Times, after her statement, many of Sonali’s Bollywood colleagues wished her speedy recovery. Akshay Kumar, who worked with Sonali in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara, told HT that after hearing of her ill health, he met her in New York. He told us: “I know that Sonali is a fighter. May God help bring her back in the best of health!”
In a statement on Twitter, Sonali wrote, “Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them.” More details are yet to emerge but it’s believed that her husband, film-maker Goldie Behl, and other family members are constantly by her side.
“There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I’ve received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I’m taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me,” she added.
Sonali Bendre’s colleagues such as Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh wished her well on Twitter, reports NDTV.
Sonali Bendre is married to producer Goldie Behl. They have a 13-year-old son named Ranveer.
Sonali Bendre has featured in films like Sarfarosh with Aamir Khan, Major Saab with Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn, Duplicate and Kal Ho Naa Ho with Shah Rukh Khan and Hum Saath-Saath Hai with Salman Khan.
Apart from Hindi films, Sonali Bendre has featured in several regional films such as Kadhalar Dhinam and Kannodu Kanbathellam in Tamil, Shankar Dada MBBS in Telugu and Anahat in Marathi.
Sonali Bendre was last seen in a cameo role in Akshay Kumar’s Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara! (2013) while her last full-fledged role was opposite Chiranjeevi in Shankar Dada MBBS.